Illustrations and maps to be added later. Suggestions welcome.The Revolution began in 1789. At first it was promising, and a lot got done. Aristocratic and clerical privilege were abolished and administration was reorganized and made more efficient. The confiscation of church lands gave the Exchequer a much needed shot in the arm. But King Louis XVI's blundering attempts to regain control pushed the national assembly into declaring France a republic, and the no...
Updated: 1:24 AM GMT on February 10, 2012
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